Ms. Mansoor's History Class (main page)


1874 The Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant for the first time, in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly magazine.

1893 Colorado became the first state to grant women the right to vote by popular referendum.

1916 Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.

1929 The Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened.

1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.

1956 Eugene O'Neill's play "Long Day's Journey Into Night" opened on Broadway.

1962 Richard M. Nixon, who failed in a bid to become governor of California, held what he called his last press conference, telling reporters, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore."

1962 Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died at age 78.

1967 Carl Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first black mayor of a major American city.

1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

1972 President Richard M. Nixon was re-elected in a landslide over Democrat George McGovern.

1973 Congress over-rode President Richard M. Nixon's veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive's power to wage war without congressional approval.

1989 L. Douglas Wilder won the governor's race in Virginia, becoming the nation's first elected black governor.

1987 Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg asked President Ronald Reagan to withdraw his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, citing the clamor that arose over Ginsburg's admission that he had smoked marijuana.

1989 David N. Dinkins was elected New York City's first black mayor.

1991 Basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the AIDS virus and was retiring.

1998 House Speaker Newt Gingrich resigned following election results in which the Republican House majority shrunk from 22 to 12.

2000 Repblican George W. Bush was elected president over incumbent Democratic Vice President Al Gore, though Gore won the popular vote by a narrow margin. The winner was not known for more than a month because of a dispute over the results in Florida.

2000 Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first first lady to win public office, defeating Republican Rick Lazio for a U.S. Senate seat from New York.

2006 Democrats won control of the House and Senate, riding a wave of anger over the Iraq war and congressional scandals.

2006 Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, became the first Muslim elected to Congress.

2006 Dhiren Barot, an al-Qaida operative who had planned to blow up the New York Stock Exchange, the World Bank and landmark London hotels, was sentenced in Britain to life in prison.